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File #: 17-1732    Version: 1 Name: HEALTHY WORKFORCE AND HEALTH CARE ACCESS AMENDMENT
Type: Ordinance Amendment Status: Approved
File created: 2/8/2017 In control: Workforce, Housing & Community Development Committee
On agenda: 2/8/2017 Final action: 3/8/2017
Title: PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT HEALTHY WORKFORCE AND HEALTH CARE ACCESS AMENDMENT WHEREAS, in addition to the various protections offered under the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance ("CCHRO"), the CCHRO also prohibits persons from engaging in unlawful discrimination in the provision or distribution of any Cook County ("County") facilities, services or programs; and WHEREAS, the CCHRO defines unlawful discrimination as "discrimination against a person because of the actual or perceived status, practice, or expression of that person's race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, gender identity or house stats; or the actual or perceived association with such a person;" and WHEREAS, while the CCHRO currently prohibits discrimination in the provision or distribution of any County facilities, services or programs based upon national origin and other protected class...
Sponsors: BRIDGET GAINER, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, EDWARD M. MOODY, STANLEY MOORE, DEBORAH SIMS
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PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

HEALTHY WORKFORCE AND HEALTH CARE ACCESS AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, in addition to the various protections offered under the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance ("CCHRO"), the CCHRO also prohibits persons from engaging in unlawful discrimination in the provision or distribution of any Cook County ("County") facilities, services or programs; and

WHEREAS, the CCHRO defines unlawful discrimination as "discrimination against a person because of the actual or perceived status, practice, or expression of that person's race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, gender identity or house stats; or the actual or perceived association with such a person;" and

WHEREAS, while the CCHRO currently prohibits discrimination in the provision or distribution of any County facilities, services or programs based upon national origin and other protected classes, the provisions of the CCHRO do not specifically cover immigration status or documentation of immigration status; and

WHEREAS, expansion of the definition of unlawful discrimination in the CCHRO to prohibit discrimination of persons based upon immigrant status or documentation of immigrant status in the application of County services or programs ensures the equal provision of County services; and

WHEREAS, expansion of the definition of unlawful discrimination in the CCHRO to prohibit discrimination of persons based upon immigrant status provides further confidence in the County's provision of health services and is also beneficial to the protection of the public health of all County residents.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County that Chapter 42 Human Relations, Section 42-39, of the Cook County Code shall be amended as follows:

Sec. 42-39. - County facilities, services and programs.

(a) Prohibition. No person shall engage in un...

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